A man diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 37 will be raising vital funds for the charity when he runs the Milton Keynes Half Marathon on March 9.
Brett Burgess, 39, from Milton Keynes ,was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012.
He said: “It was a bit of a shock to the system when I was told I had Parkinson’s. I had always thought that it was an old person’s condition. I have since found out that one in 20 people diagnosed are under the age of 40. “After being diagnosed I decided to take part in the 10k Parkinson’s UK Run Highclere event last year. Since then, running has become a great distraction and a good way to alleviate my Parkinson’s symptoms. This year I wanted to take on a bigger challenge and a half marathon is the next step up.
“I knew Milton Keynes held a festival of running and thought it would be a good challenge that would also enable me to again raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s UK.
“The work they do, not just in research to find a cure, but the funding of specialist Parkinson’s nurses is vital to people like myself.”
The 13.1 mile Milton Keynes Half Marathon starts at 10.25am. The race is a one lap course on roads and cycle paths that pass through Milton Keynes.
Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Taking part in the Milton Keynes Half Marathon is a fun and challenging way to raise vital funds to support our work.
“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, but our work is dependent on donations.
“We are incredibly grateful to Brett for his support. I hope his story will inspire others to sign up for one of our other running events.”
To sponsor Brett visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/BrettBurgess
Those who are not taking part in the event are invited to come and cheer on the charity’s runners on the day.
To find out more about Parkinson’s UK’s future running events, visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/running